Using EQ7 to make scallops

The black floral stack-n-whack top is quilted and ready for binding. Yay!


I’ve never been a fan of those large empty triangles that go along with on-point blocks.   They look awkward to me. I decided this quilt is the perfect candidate to play with a scalloped edge.


I’ve never done a scalloped border, so I turned to The Googles for help.  Every single tutorial I found said to use a plate, bowl, or pizza pan to mark my curves.  Hmph.  None of my bowls or pizza pans were big enough.  Plus, I realized that I wanted my curves to be more oval-shaped than round.

So I decided to create my scallop curves in EQ7.  Here’s how I did it.

I measured the blocks corner to corner.

(Sidebar: I’m including the black sashing in this measurement.  I sashed each individual block instead of running long strips of fabric down each row.  This results in more accurate alignment of my blocks because all I have to do is match the corners and seams of the blocks.)

block border.

See the yellow arrows?  Those are the real corners of this block.

The blocks are 15 inches long (from yellow arrow to yellow arrow), and my quilt border is 5 inches wide (from the outermost point of the block to the outer edge of the quilt).

Next, I went to EQ and clicked on the Block worktable.  Currently, the block size is 6 inches by 6 inches.

eq size.

I changed it to 5 inches by 15 inches.

EQ 5.

Next, I clicked on the curve pencil (see toolbar on the left side) and drew from the bottom left corner to the top left corner.  I found that if I started at the top, the curve went the other way.


To change the depth of the arc, click on the second arrow in the left toolbar, then click on the arc.  I made mine a little more pronounced.


I then clicked File, Print, Block, and after double-checking that my block size was correct, printed my scallop.  Because it is 15 inches long, it printed on 2 sheets.  I taped them, cut on the curve, and voila!  My scallop template is ready.

making scallops.

I used bar soap to mark the curves.  I know it won’t leave marks, it washes out easily, and it won’t fade or disappear as I handle the quilt.


When I got to the corner, the scallops were so close to meeting that I just winged it and connected the arcs freehand.


The next part is the most important part.  DO NOT CUT THE SCALLOPS AT THIS POINT!  You need to sew the binding on first.  If you cut the scallops first, you will have a nightmare mess of bias edges to deal with as you sew the binding.


And that’s how you design a scalloped border in Electric Quilt!

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11 thoughts on “Using EQ7 to make scallops

  1. This is BRILLIANT! I have just been winging it with a curved template. Works OK, but not the best in my eyes. I will catalog this in the back of my brain for next time I even need a swag!

  2. Thank you so much for these instructions. I struggle just to use EQ7 so I love the instructions on making the scallop on EQ7. I really appreciated this lesson.

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